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Porsche Works Team: Documenting the Insane World That is 24-Hour Racing

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A photo book both documentary photographers and motorsports fans alike can appreciate, Porsche Works Team (or Porsche Werkseinsatz if you prefer) is the latest offering by publisher Delius Klasing, known for their stellar collection catering to Porsche lovers (including this one: 911 LoveRS)

Their latest is a 272 page, hard cover book documenting the insane behind-the-scenes world that is endurance racing with all images by German photographer Frank Kayser.

Kayser spent three years following the Porsche team at the 24-hours including races at the Nürburgring, Daytona, and legendary Le mans in France.

porsche works team Frank Kayser
photo: Frank Kayser

But what really separates Porsche Works Team and gives Kayer’s work that extra dose of credibility is his exclusive access to areas like the racers’ quarters and the pits, where photographers are never allowed.

The result is an in-dept, touching look that truly captures the emotions — from the tension in the pits to the beauty of the closed tracks, and everything in-between.

You don’t need to be a Le Mans fan to really appreciate the street photographer-style of shots in this book. But if you are, Kayser takes us into a world of racing majority of have never seen up close all captured in stills.

Pick up a copy at Amazon here.

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photo: Frank Kayser

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Porsche 911 Targa 4S Exclusive Design Edition

Porsche 911 Targa 4S Exclusive Design Edition

Porsche is set to debut a new limited run special edition 911s which the company is calling the Targa 4S Exclusive Design Edition. This limited edition 911 is wear a throw back design theme that pays homage to the 1960-1961 Porsche 356B. The most apparent throwback is the color which is called Etna Blue and was a standard production color for the 356B. But Porsche has also included other subtle details with the Exclusive Design.

To bring the car back to a time when things were a bit simpler, many accent trim pieces on the car has been color coded to simplify the look. This includes the front spoiler, headlight washer covers, all the badging on the car. The major accents come in the shade of white gold metallic and that has been used on the roll bar, side graphics and the cars wheels. The blue continues on into the interior where the cabin is wrapped in graphite blue leather accented by stitching in Provence blue. Some subtle touches include a 911 Targa sillouette embossed into the center arm rest.

Under the hood you’ll find Porsche’s twin turbo 3.0L twin turbo engine which pumps out 420hp and 370lb/ft of torque which channels power to all four wheels via their PDK transmission. Look for the Targa 4S Exclusive Design Edition to be showcased at the upcoming AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix vintage race at the Nürburgring.

Bisimoto Hyundai Powered Porsche 911


Bisimoto has made quite a name for themselves over the past few years in the US. The company has been known for their freakishly powerful creations. To name a few, they’ve created a few 1000 plus horsepower cars like a 70s Porsche 911, and a Honda Odyssey which packs ample amounts of power to tow around the kids and grab groceries. Not only does Bisimoto create gut punching powerful cars, they also do it with unconventional platforms. So dabbling in the untouched territory isn’t something new for the company.

Now they are prepared to work on another Porsche project, but it will sure ruffle a few feathers now that they released a statement that the car will be powered by a Hyundai powerplant. You heard that right, the company is ripping the legendary Porsche drivetrain out of the car and dumping in the heart of a Hyundai. Well, it isn’t just any engine, it’s their V6. As odd as this combination sounds, I must admit it sounds like another mad scientist creation about to happen. Lets just say we don’t expect the power output to be any where near stock and it should be something quite wild when its done.

Porsche Cayenne Coupe Spied


It seems like all manufacturers today are getting into the SUV game. And for those who have been in it for a while, they’ve dabbled into the cross over space. So it’s not surprising that Porsche is trying something new with their Cayenne and created a coupe version of the SUV. The vehicle does have a sleeker profile with the sloped roof line.

Testing photos have made their way onto the internet that show’s Porsche’s new car without much camo to hide away what there are designing. On the outside is where most of the changes to the Cayenne is happening. While the inside, specifically in the engine compartment, things will likely stay close to what we already know.

Development of the new car will continue to move forward and we’ll likely get more details from Porsche when the release date of the vehicle gets closer. For now, we know that a refreshed Cayenne is up and coming, so the coupe version will more than likely come with the next set of major updates for the Cayenne.

Porsche 918 Gets Recalled


When you are traveling at the speeds that the 918 is capable of doing, whether in the straight or around the corners, you would hope that your seat belts are going to keep you firmly planted in your seat. This is even more critical should something goes sideways at those speeds. But regardless of how expensive your car is, it’s not immune to a product recall.

Porsche is issuing a recall on the 918 Spyder as a result of incorrect bolts in the seat belt assemblies. The confusion came about as a results of a mislabeled part from the vehicle’s build parts catalogue which resulted in incorrect bolts being used in the seatbelt assembly. With the incorrect bolts in place, the seat belts might not function as it should, therefore, Porsche issued a recall to fix all affected vehicles.

Porsche and Bentley Share New V8


Cars sharing platforms and engines is nothing new these days as every automaker is looking for a way to share costs to bring down production costs. The benefit is that we, as consumers, get to see a lot more interesting vehicles come to market when otherwise it wouldn’t be fiscally feasible. Porsche’s new Panamera uses a 4.0L twin turbo V8 which will also be shared in the Bentley Mulsanne. Audi might also get their hands on this motor to put into their A8.

Outside of each brands performance lineup, the 4.0L V8 twin turbo will be one of the premiere engine choices across each manufacturer. The big lump is fairly capable producing 540hp and will produce 335hp at a mere 3000rpm. Now big is a relative term mainly due to it’s 8 cylinder configuration. But in comparison to other V8’s on the market, this powerplant definitely wins in its compact size all thanks to their “Hot V” design which puts the twin turbos in between the two banks of cylinders making the engine very compact in size.

Porsche Panamera Hybrid May be a Turbo Killer


Porsche all new Panamera Turbo is an tremendously capable four door family car that is not only great for hauling around the family and some groceries, but it’ll also stick you into the back of the seat with it’s performance. However, it looks like Porsche has something up their sleeves which will leave even the Turbo Panamera in the dust. That task will be left to a hybrid Panamera which will leverage technology you already see in Porsche’s supercar the 918 Spyder.

The news isn’t hush hush about the hybrid Porsche as the automaker stated this fact at the Panamera’s debut recently. The hybrid will be no slouch and likely produce somewhere in the 700hp range. This is a great leap in power above the Panamera Turbo S which currently pumps out around 580hp. Porsche also stated that there will be two hybrid models to come, but has only mentioned the 700hp version so far. That’s leaving us speculating what monster of a Panamera are they going to release in the future.

Bad Parking Video Helped Catch Teenager Hit and Run

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These days social media has created some wildly humorous viral video moments. The most recent one was a person caught parking their Porsche Cayanne into their garage and looked to be having quite the fight with the garage. Funny enough the garage seems to be a pretty typical home detached parking space with plenty of space left and right of the door to allow entry, but that didn’t deter this driver from greeting every one of his body panels with the garage walls.

What’s not so funny is that the vehicle was also involved in a hit and run not long before the embarrassing video was shot. The driver, a teenage, was tracked down by Vancouver police after his terrible parking job was filmed and put up on social media for all to see. Thankfully, the video also identified the vehicle matching the one involved in the hit and run, and soon police were knocking on the front door.

Vancouver police has laid several charges against the 16 year old driver who also did not have a drivers license. Apparently, the boy’s mother was away so he decided to take the Porsche Cayenne out for a drive. The actual hit and run was described to be minor where both cars sustained some damage. The teen has been charged with driving without due care, hit and run, police said.

New Porsche Panamera Leaked

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There has been quite a bit of anticipation for the next generation Panamera to be officially debuted. Over the last few months, we’ve seen numerous pictures of a test mule being put to its paces around test tracks. Despite the light camo in some photos, we are still eager to see where Porsche will take the next iteration of the Panamera.

Well it looks like we don’t have to wait any longer. Three photos of the new Panamera just leaked onto social media and it’s looking spectacular. All of Porsche’s new design elements have made it’s way onto the new Panamera. The striking feature right off the bat is the slimmer and sleeker profile of the new car. The front got a more modern refresh, but the rear of the car got the most attention. The rear of the Panamera has a profile that much more resembles the 911 and that’s a great thing. The Panamera no longer needs time to get use to. It’s a beauty right from the get go.

The new Panamera will be built on top of the company’s new MSB platform which is lighter and also stiffer than the outgoing chassis. We should also be seeing a couple engine variations in the Panamera, namely a revised 3.0L twin turbo V6 and likely a 4.0L twin turbo V8. Other power train will likely come down the pike as well. The official release of the Panamera is set for June 28.

A Modern Touch to a Classic Porsche


Even thought nowadays most of us have GPS capability right at our fingertips on our phones, it’s still nice to have a system that’s integrated right into the electronics of our car. The problem with classic cars is any modern technology generally looks out of place inside the car. But now, Porsche is offering a navigation system that leverages modern technology with classic looks to blend seamlessly into the interior cabin of any 911 built between the 1960’s to the 1990’s.

The navigation system utilizes a smaller 3.5 inch touch screen so as not to look out of place. It is linked right in to the in car entertainment system, has Bluetooth connection, and supports two USB ports. All other trim pieces have been kept simple and black just as it would have come out of the factory.

Porsche will sell the units through its Porsche Classic Partners and will offer the navigation system in 912, 914, 924, 928, 944, and 968 models.

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